Today in Soap Opera History (December 20)

Charita Bauer on the set of GUIDING LIGHT five days
before her 59th birthday in 1981.
On this date in...

1922: Charita Bauer was born. The actress, who portrayed GUIDING LIGHT's beloved Bert Bauer, died in February 1985 at age 62.

1957: On THE EDGE OF NIGHT, Bebe came back home and told Martin how much she loved him.

1972: On ANOTHER WORLD, in New York City, Dennis (Mike Hammett) and his live-in nurse Alice (Jacqueline Courtney), using the alias Alice Talbot, talked about how much they missed their mothers as she sat by his bed while he fell asleep.

1982: ON THE DOCTORS, Jean Marc (Jean LeClerc) wondered if Althea (Elizabeth Hubbard) trusted him.

1985: On GUIDING LIGHT, the ghost of Lujack (Vincent Irizarry) gave Beth (Judi Evans) a pep talk.

1993: On DAYS OF OUR LIVES, a broken up Roman (Wayne Northrop) sang "Rock-a-bye Baby".

1995: On ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Blair (Kassie) called Marty (Susan Haskell) a murderer.

2010: Actress Jacqueline Courtney died at age 64. She was best known for her role as Alice Matthews in ANOTHER WORLD FROM 1964 TO 1975. Her other soap roles included Pat Ashley in ONE LIFE TO LIVE, Diane Winston in LOVING and Ann Lee in OUR FIVE DAUGHTERS. She also appeared in THE EDGE OF NIGHT and THE DOCTORS.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Karen Moncrieff (ex-Gabrielle, DAYS OF OUR LIVES; ex-Patricia, GUIDING LIGHT; ex-Michelle, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL; ex-Cassandra, SANTA BARBARA) - 49
Iqbal Theba (Iqbal Theba, GLEE) - 49
Hunter Gomez (Joey, PROPER MANORS) - 21

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  1. When Charita Bauer died, so did GL. It had begun to die at the beginning of 1984, and by the time they acknowledged Bert's death in March 1986, there was no one still on the show who had worked with Charita Bauer for any length of time with the exception of Ellen Dolan who had worked with her for about 3 years. Ellen's last appearance as Maureen would happen just days after the tribute.

  2. I have a memory of Ross Marlor play by Jerry Van Dorn who was the one given us the sad news while all other sat around....such a sad day!

  3. Rusty, Bert's death could have definitely been more impactful and I wish it had been.

    Viviane, here's the video of Jerry verDorn

  4. That's amazing that Charita Bauer would be 90 years young today--wow! Because she was essentially a character actress, she projected much older on the screen than 62 at the time of her paasing.

    At the time of her passing in 1985, her 90-something-year father outlived her by another year or 2--Oh My!

    Brian :-|